Body of Senator's Brother Found in Wyoming
Randy Udall died during solo hike
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jul 4, 2013 1:42 AM CDT
Updated Jul 4, 2013 5:00 AM CDT
Senators Mark Udall, left, and John McCain attend the opening of the Halifax International Security Forum in Halifax on Friday, Nov. 16, 2012.   (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Andrew Vaughan)

(Newser) – The body of Sen. Mark Udall's brother Randy, 61, has been discovered in the Wyoming mountains after he went missing while hiking on his own. Udall's poles were still in his hand when he was found dead, likely of a medical condition, says his sister. He was at an altitude of 10,700 feet. "Randy left this Earth doing what he loved most: hiking in his most favorite mountain range in the world," the family says in a statement. Indeed, he'd been hiking the Wind River Range for more than three decades, the Denver Post notes. Authorities plan an autopsy.

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Jul 7, 2013 7:17 PM CDT
So sad to hear this news. I was really praying the authorities would find him somewhere. My condolences to his family and friends. May you rest in peace.
Jul 6, 2013 7:02 PM CDT
I repeat what I said earlier...." the chance that this is anything other than a heart attack on a trail is close to zero. It's not hunting season and other than mountain sheep there isn't anything to hunt here anyway. so there's no chance to explain away a stray shot. This is the least populated state in the US, the chance anyone is going to shoot you by accident is close to zero... And while there are other assassination methods they require you being close to the victim. They found the body at 10,700 feet. And for Wyoming that's above timberline. Nobody is walking up on you without you having watched them for some time. Most of you city folk are sucking wind at 5,000 feet. This guy grew up hiking the Wasach in Utah. Even at 61 most people weren't even going to be able to keep up with him on the trail. So sneaking up on him or even catching him once he's on the trail isn't really likely. So no there isn't any cover up, ." Yes I can understand why someone might suspect something else.... but the key to a good hit is to NOT make it so obvious that it forces people to come look for you. "sending a message" that forces the other branches of the government or the state to come look for you is not the desired outcome.
Jul 5, 2013 12:40 AM CDT
It's stuff like this that conspiracy theories are made from